Sunday, March 31, 2013

Upcoming Alabama Statewide Events of Interest for Confederate Heritage for April 2013

A perusal of the Alabama Tourism Department Sweet Home Alabama statewide Calendar of Events for January include some events of interest for Confederate heritage supporters.  
Dauphin Island
Apr 6, Dauphin Island. Civil War Trust Park Day 2013. 251-861-6992. Fee for attractions only. Historic Fort Gaines--Volunteers at least 18 years old needed to help with projects at the Fort. 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
Lecture/presentation: Confederate Widows in the Postwar South
Gulf Shores
Apr 13, Gulf Shores. Confederate Living History Day. 251-540-5257. Admission charged. Fort Morgan State Historic Site-- During the day infantry and artillery will commemorate the forts 1863 garrison by presenting demonstrations including drill on the forts parade ground, small arms firing, and artillery firing from the water battery. 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Dauphin Island
Apr 13, Dauphin Island. Life at the Fort. 251-861-6992. Admission charged. Historic Fort Gaines--Living history program featuring cannon fire, rifle demonstrations, blacksmithing, candle making and open hearth cooking. 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Apr 25-28, Selma. Battle of Selma. 334-872-0901. Admission charged. Battlefield Park, 5 Marina Dr.See the flags waving, the bands playing, the horses prancing, and the cannons dueling along the Alabama River. Tour the reconstructed breastworks defending Selma, shop with authentic camp sutlers, talk with an officer's wife about the latest fashions. Visit Old Live Oak Cemetery for the memorial service for the many Civil War soldiers buried there..
Apr 26, Marbury. Civil War Living History . 205-755-1990. Free. Confederate Memorial ParkA day of "up close and personal" living history of the War Between the States for schools and the public. Infantry, cavalry, artillery, commissary wagon, soldiers equipment, uniforms, music, flags, civilian life, medical, bivouac and infantry drill (student participation). The new state of the art museum (Fee charged) interprets Alabama's role in the war as well as Alabama's only home for Confederate veterans. FREE self-guided tours of the Soldiers' Home site. Call the park for school group reservations. 9 a.m.-noon and 12:30-3 p.m..
Apr 27, Selma. Battle of Selma Grand Military Ball. 334-872-5626. Admission charged. Sturdivant Museum--Experience a step back in time as the Battle of Selma reenactors and their ladies dress in their finest and enjoy a ball in the courtyard. Civilians (in period dress) are welcome. Dancing (waltz, Virginia Reel) and light refreshments. 7-11 p.m.
Apr 27, Ashville. Confederate Memorial Day. 205-338-2412. Free. John W. Inzer Museum & Ashville Cemetery--Public invited. Service with guest speaker, honor guard, 21 musket salute and laying of wreath. Service begins at 11 a.m.; picnic lunch at noon and grave markings at 1 p.m. Sponsored by St. Clair Camp 308, Sons of Confederate Veterans, Ashville Chapter 1488, United Daughters of the Confederacy and The John W. Inzer Museum, Inc..

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